| Indian Fables|
|by P. V. Ramaswami Raju|
|An appealing collection of more than a hundred Indian fables that are delightful as well as short, pithy, and ingenious. Each fable has its separate moral in prose or rhyme; these are often epigrams of the shrewdest kind, full of wit and subtlety. Most of these fables are likely to be new to the majority of readers. In the characters of animals the same rules are observed as in Western fables. As the symbol of strength, the lion (or, in one or two instances, the tiger) is king, the fox is the symbol of cunning, the bear of inert power, the wolf of ferocity, the owl of assumed wisdom, and so forth. Ages 7-10 |
THE GLOW-WORM AND THE DAW
 A JACKDAW once ran up to a glow-worm and was about to seize
him. "Wait a moment, good friend," said the worm; "and you
shall hear something to your advantage."
"Ah! what is it?" said the daw.
"I am but one of the many glow-worms that live in this
forest. If you wish to have them all, follow me," said the
"Certainly!" said the daw.
Then the glow-worm led him to a place in the wood where a
fire had been kindled by some woodmen, and pointing to the
sparks flying about, said, "There you find the
glow-worms warming themselves
 round a fire. When you have done with them, I shall show
you some more, at a distance from this place."
The daw darted at the sparks, and tried to swallow some of
them; but his mouth being burnt by the attempt, he ran
away exclaiming, "Ah, the glow-worm is a dangerous little
Said the glow-worm with pride, "Wickedness yields to
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